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Tigers look to replicate Tri-series performance against Windies today

Bangladesh likely to make a couple of changes
Sports Reporter, Dhaka
Tigers look to replicate Tri-series performance against Windies today
Bangladesh's captain Mashrafe Mortaza (right) and Shakib al Hasan seen during a training session at The County Ground in Taunton, south-west England yesterday ahead of their 2019 World Cup match against West Indies today. BCB Photo

Bangladesh will look to replicate their recent performance against West Indies when they face off their Caribbean counterparts in the fifth World Cup fixture at the Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton today. The match, which is considered crucial to reach their targeted top four spots at the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, will kick-start at 3.30pm Bangladesh Standard Time.

So far, Bangladesh have played four outings in the 10-team tournament, where they triumphed in only one match over high-ranked South Africa that was their World Cup opener.

The Tigers mislaid two of the other three matches with one being rained off. As a result, they have gathered only three points in their pouch. The last match against Sri Lanka was important for them to win and it was part of the teams initial planning. Unfortunately, they had to share points with the 1996 World Cup champions, who still were struggling to fill the void of the retirement of their batting maestros -- the likes of Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Tilkaratne

Dilshan. As of now, Bangladesh have to at least win four matches out of the remaining five encounters to secure a spot in the semifinals.

The Tigers have to find means to overcome the stiff challenge of the West Indies’ power-hitter and fast-bowling battery to materialize the expected dream of the top four berths of the flagship event.

For this, they can find the impetus and confidence from their last Tri-nation performance and recent past home and away victories against the West Indies, who have also played the identical number of matches from where they mustered three points in their kitty from a win, two losses and a no-result match.  

Two-time World Cup champions West Indies  are also desperate to score full points to revive their high hopes of reaching the semifinals of the mega-event.

Bangladesh hard-hitting opener Tamim Iqbal, who is yet to play a big innings for the Tigers, believes that they will handle the West Indies bravely and triumph the match in Taunton.

Along with that, the opener warns that the Windies will attempt to rattle Bangladesh top-order batting line-up with their fast bowling power that will create not only huge pressure on them but also provide opportunity to make more runs.  

“West Indies usually target their opponents with the array of short ball in the initial 10 to 15 overs. They also give run-scoring opportunities. We have to prepare for both. Which is why, we’re working hard in practice,” said Tamim Iqbal.

The left-handed opener thinks that the Caribbean side will play with different gameplan which will not be same as what they did in the Tri-series in Ireland.

“We want to make sure that their short ball barrage is not a surprise to us. We’ve idea about their batsmen and bowlers, but they’re playing in the World Cup with a different planning. It’s not the same, which we faced in Ireland. They’re focusing hugely on the short ball. But, if we handle it well, there will be opportunities to post more runs on the board,” Tamim said.

Bangladesh will get down playing the match with full-power so that they can win it and move forward further in the tournament. For this, the team might have brought some changes to their first choice XI. Middle-order batsman Mohammad Mithun, who is yet to put any big impact with his bat, might be losing his place to Liton Kumar Das, who has already informed the team management his eagerness to play at any position in the interest of the team.

It has been learnt from the team sources that fast-bowler Rubel Hossain is likely to be included in place of spin all-rounder Mehidy Hasan Miraj, who has been doing well with his spin but considering the Taunton condition and significance of the match, Rubel might get his first chance in this showpiece event.

Tigers have some concerns around the fitness of their ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim, who received injury on his right hand while batting practice at net on Saturday.

Shakib, on the other hand, was supported to miss the match against Sri Lanka which was rained off. However, the management has confirmed that both of them are likely to make the playing XI against West Indies.

MK

 

 

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